Derby are very much the form team right now in the Championship. Things have changed dramatically since Steve McClaren replaced Nigel Clough as manager and they are currently on a run of five successive wins.
It's moved them to fourth in the table, a climb of ten places since the new manager arrived, but they certainly got some help on Saturday from Blackpool and referee Andy Haines.
Paul Ince missed five recent games recently when he received a stadium ban, but he's returned to see his own players take over with the lack of discipline. They lost it completely at Yeovil in midweek. Kirk Broadfoot was sent off in the 90th minute of that game and was followed by Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie before the final whistle blew.
Give them some credit. The discipline was much improved at Derby where they only had two players sent off. Neil Bishop was first to go when he gave away a penalty but this was as much down to a ridiculous decision by referee Haines, and he was followed by Angel Martinez as Derby came back from 1-0 down to win 5-1.
Many have been asking which of these players will miss their game at Burnley a week on Saturday. Broadfoot and MacKenzie's one match bans are over and they will be available this coming Saturday when Bishop will serve his one match ban.
They will, however, be without both Fuller and Martinez at Turf Moor. Fuller received a three match ban for violent conduct and Martinez has been given a two game ban as this was his second red card of the season.
Moving away from that game; it is not often we offer thanks to our local rivals in our review of the Championship. They've become quite boring this season with no Shebby Singh and no managerial changes, but thanks are due to them for keeping out QPR to earn a goalless draw at Loftus Road.
That, and Brighton's win against Leicester at the Amex meant a return to the top of the league for us after one week away. I suggested in my match preview for the Barnsley game that we were looking to close that two point gap; in all honesty I didn't expect to league the Turf on Saturday with us back on top.
All the fun of last week at the Concrete Jungle has come to an end. Not only did Coyle leave but Dave Whelan gave us some classic quotes as he looked for a new manager at Wigan. That new man is Uwe Rösler who was pulled off the Brentford team coach on its way to Carlisle to take over.
I bet Coyle is sadly disappointed. We've already sold over 2,000 tickets for our game here in the week between Christmas and New Year and I'm sure the lying Scotsman would have received a wonderful festive reception from all those Burnley fans.
That still leaves former Burnley connections Stuart Gray and Micky Mellon in temporary charge at Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley. Neither were able to follow up their midweek wins with any more points and with Yeovil drawing against Charlton it dropped them a point further behind and both are now four points from safety.
Gray is beginning to drop out of the betting for the Hillsborough hot seat but Mellon remains favourite for Barnsley.
The weekend results and stats are below along with the leading goalscorers, each club's red and yellow card count (and I've been able to keep a correct tally for Blackpool), the highest and lowest attendances and this weekend's fixtures.The Results Saturday 7th December BIRMINGHAM 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 LEEDS 3 WATFORD 3 BOLTON 3 DONCASTER 0 MILLWALL 2 WIGAN 1 BRIGHTON 3 LEICESTER 1 QPR 0 BLACKBURN 0 BURNLEY 1 BARNSLEY 0 READING 1 BOURNEMOUTH 2 DERBY 5 BLACKPOOL 1 SHEFFIELD WEDS 0 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 IPSWICH 2 HUDDERSFIELD 1 YEOVIL 2 CHARLTON 2
The Stats Biggest Win DERBY 5-1 v BLACKPOOL (home) Total Goals Scored 38 (24 home - 14 away) Player Scoring Most Goals 3 - CHRIS MARTIN (DERBY) v BLACKPOOL Highest Attendance 27,497 - BRIGHTON v LEICESTER Lowest Attendance 6,053 - YEOVIL v MIDDLESBROUGH Total Yellow Cards 37 Total Red Cards 3 Most Cards in a Game READING v BOURNEMOUTH (7Y) Ref: DAVID COOTEYEOVIL v CHARLTON (6Y 1R) Ref: CRAIG PAWSON
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 15 ROSS McCORMACK (LEEDS) - includes 1 penalty 11 DANNY INGS (BURNLEY) - includes 1 penaltyJORDAN RHODES (BLACKBURN) - includes 3 penalties 10 CHRIS MARTIN (DERBY) - includes 3 penaltiesJAMES VAUGHAN (HUDDERSFIELD) - includes 2 penaltiesSAM VOKES (BURNLEY) - includes 2 penalties 9 CHARLIE AUSTIN (QPR) - includes 3 penaltiesTROY DEENEY (WATFORD) - includes 2 penaltiesDAVID NUGENT (LEICESTER) - includes 5 penalties 8 CRAIG BRYSON (DERBY)LEWIS GRABBAN (BOURNEMOUTH) - includes 1 penaltyDAVID McGOLDRICK (IPSWICH) 7 ALBERT ADOMAH (MIDDLESBROUGH)ADAM LE FONDRE (READING) - includes 2 penaltiesCHRIS O'GRADY (BARNSLEY) - includes 1 penalty 6
TOM INCE (BLACKPOOL) - includes 3 penaltiesJESSE LINGARD (BIRMINGHAM)DARYL MURPHY (IPSWICH)ANDY REID (NOTTINGHAM FOREST)JAMIE VARDY (LEICESTER)
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 10/08/13 3: TROY DEENEY - WATFORD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 24/08/13 3: JAMES VAUGHAN - HUDDERSFIELD v BOURNEMOUTH (home) 14/09/13 3: CRAIG BRYSON - DERBY v MILLWALL (away) 21/09/13 4: JESSE LINGARD - BIRMINGHAM v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY (home) 10/11/13 4: ROSS McCORMACK - LEEDS v CHARLTON (away) 07/12/13 4: CHRIS MARTIN - DERBY v BLACKPOOL (home)
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total BARNSLEY 26 2 26 2 IPSWICH 22 1 23 1 BIRMINGHAM 32 1 39 2 LEEDS 25 1 28 1 BLACKBURN 36 3 38 4 LEICESTER 23 1 26 1 BLACKPOOL 36 8 37 8 MIDDLESBROUGH 30 4 30 4 BOLTON 34 1 34 1 MILLWALL 29 3 30 3 BOURNEMOUTH 35 3 37 3 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 41 2 47 2 BRIGHTON 35 2 36 2 QPR 25 0 26 0 BURNLEY 25 2 30 3 READING 34 2 38 2 CHARLTON 22 2 25 2 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 35 1 35 2 DERBY 35 2 41 2 WATFORD 38 0 43 0 DONCASTER 29 2 30 2 WIGAN 23 2 27 2 HUDDERSFIELD 26 1 30 1 YEOVIL 35 1 42 1
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,432 LEEDS v BRIGHTON (03/08) 5,530 YEOVIL v BLACKPOOL (03/12) 30,416 LEICESTER v NOTT'M FOREST (09/11) 6,053 YEOVIL v CHARLTON (03/12) 30,367 LEEDS v MIDDLESBROUGH (23/11) 6,149 YEOVIL v WIGAN (10/11) 28,276 NOTTINGHAM FOREST v DERBY (28/09) 6,476 YEOVIL v LEICESTER (01/10) 28,070 NOTT'M FOREST v BOURNEMOUTH (19/10) 6,620 DONCASTER v YEOVIL (23/11) 27,912 BRIGHTON v BLACKBURN (09/11) 6,769 DONCASTER v BOURNEMOUTH (31/08) 27,755 BRIGHTON v NOTTM FOREST (05/10) 6,873 YEOVIL v BRIGHTON (19/10) 27,657 BRIGHTON v WATFORD (28/10) 7,047 YEOVIL v DERBY (24/08) 27,497 BRIGHTON v LEICESTER (07/12) 7,305 YEOVIL v READING (31/08) 27,141 DERBY v BIRMINGHAM (26/10) 7,396 DONCASTER v BRIGHTON (02/11)
The Next Fixtures Saturday 14th December BARNSLEY v YEOVIL HUDDERSFIELD v READING BLACKBURN v MILLWALL LEICESTER v BURNLEY (12:15) BLACKPOOL v QPR MIDDLESBROUGH v BRIGHTON BOURNEMOUTH v BIRMINGHAM NOTTINGHAM FOREST v IPSWICH CHARLTON v DERBY WATFORD v SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY DONCASTER v LEEDS Sunday 15th December WIGAN v BOLTON
Source: Clarets Mad